Carol Shields on October 26, 2002, after she was presented with the Companion of the Order of Canada Award. (CP/Richard Lam)
You can go across the country and be at the exact locations where characters stood in their stories.
—Jenny Gerbasi, city councillor
An iconic Winnipeg author's bookmark may be dropped on a street corner near you.
Project Bookmark Canada is in talks with the Carol Shields' family to erect a physical reminder of the late author's work at a location featured in one of her books, Coun. Jenny Gerbasi revealed at the Manitoba Book Awards Sunday.
"The idea is to build a literary Trans-Canada Highway," the Fort Rouge counsellor told CBC. "You can go across the country and be at the exact locations where characters stood in their stories."
The charity has placed 12 markers around Canada so far, beginning with an excerpt from Michael Ondaatje's In The Skin Of A Lion at Toronto's Bloor Street Viaduct in 2009. And the literary path now stretches from Vancouver (Wayson Choy's The Jade Peony) to Woody Point, NL (The Sea Breeze Lounge by Al Pittman).
Project Bookmark Canada approached Gerbasi a few days ago to talk about an appropriate location for a Carol Shields marker in Osborne Village. While Gerbasi said she wasn't allowed to reveal further details of the non-finalized marker, she said the city is enthusiastic about making the project happen.
Osborne Village figures prominently in Shields' The Republic of Love. The 1992 novel, which was adapted for film by Deepa Mehta in 2004, follows the unlikely courtship of an eccentric folklorist and a thrice-divorced radio show host, meditating on the nature of modern love.